LUCERNE

Switzerland

Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of the country. Lucerne is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and part of the district of the same name. With a population of about 80,501 people (as of 2013), Lucerne is the most populous town in Central Switzerland, and a nexus of economics, transportation, culture, and media of this region. The city's urban area consists of 17 municipalities and towns located in three different cantons with an overall population of about 250,000 people (as of 2007).

Info Lucerne

introduction

Lucerne is a city in central Switzerland, in the German-speaking portion of the country. Lucerne is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and part of the district of the same name. With a population of about 80,501 people (as of 2013), Lucerne is the most populous town in Central Switzerland, and a nexus of economics, transportation, culture, and media of this region. The city's urban area consists of 17 municipalities and towns located in three different cantons with an overall population of about 250,000 people (as of 2007).

Owing to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (German: Vierwaldstättersee), within sight of the mounts Pilatus and Rigiin the Swiss Alps, Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists. One of the city's famous landmarks is the Chapel Bridge(German: Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first erected in the 14th century.

The official language of Lucerne is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

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POPULATION : 81,057
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE :
LANGUAGE :
RELIGION :
AREA : 29.06 km2 (11.22 sq mi)
ELEVATION : Elevation (Lake shore) 435 m (1,427 ft)

Highest elevation (Sonnenberg) 800 m (2,600 ft)
Lowest elevation (Rotsee) 422 m (1,385 ft)

COORDINATES : 47°3′N 8°18′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.31%
 Female: 50.69%
ETHNIC :
AREA CODE : 41
POSTAL CODE : 6000
DIALING CODE : +41 41
WEBSITE :  www.stadtluzern.ch

Tourism

Lucerne (Luzern in German, Lozärn in Swiss-German) is a beautiful small city in the heartland of Switzerland, across the lake from Altdorf, where legend has it William Tell shot an apple off of his son's head. In addition to being a fine place to visit in and of itself Lucerne is a great base from which to explore famous Swiss sites such as Mount Rigi, Pilatus, Titlis and the Rütli Meadow.


Understand

The first city to join the Swiss Confederation, today Lucerne is a lovely small city with a thriving tourism industry, owing mainly to its status as a gateway to Central Switzerland. The city became a center of Swiss history and legend.

Tourism in Lucerne has a distinguished history dating from the mid 19th century, with Mark Twain among them. In "A Tramp Abroad" he recalls the nascent souvenir business, and other budding examples of the tourism trade.

History

Early history and founding (750–1386)

After the fall of the Roman Empire beginning in the 6th century, Germanic Alemannic peoples increased their influence on this area of present-day Switzerland. Around 750 the Benedictine Monastery of St. Leodegar was founded, which was later acquired by Murbach Abbey in Alsace in the middle of the 9th century, and by this time the area had become known as Luciaria. In 1178 Lucerne acquired its independence from the jurisdiction of Murbach Abbey, and the founding of the city proper probably occurred that same year. The city gained importance as a strategically located gateway for the growing commerce from the Gotthard trade route.

By 1290 Lucerne had become a self-sufficient city of reasonable size with about 3000 inhabitants. About this time King Rudolph I von Habsburg gained authority over the Monastery of St. Leodegar and its lands, including Lucerne. The populace was not content with the increasing Habsburg influence, and Lucerne allied with neighboring towns to seek independence from their rule. Along with Lucerne, the three other forest cantons of Uri,Schwyz and Unterwalden formed the "eternal" Swiss Confederacy, known as theEidgenossenschaft, on November 7, 1332. Later the cities of Zürich, Zug and Bern joined the alliance. With the help of these additions, the rule of Austria over the area came to an end. The issue was settled by Lucerne’s victory over the Habsburgs in the Battle of Sempach in 1386. For Lucerne this victory ignited an era of expansion. The city shortly granted many rights to itself, rights which had been withheld by the Habsburgs until then. By this time the borders of Lucerne were approximately those of today.


From city to city-state (1386–1520)

In 1415 Lucerne gained Reichsfreiheit from Emperor Sigismund and became a strong member of the Swiss confederacy. The city developed its infrastructure, raised taxes, and appointed its own local officials. The city’s population of 3000 dropped about 40% due to the Black Plague and several wars around 1350.

In 1419 town records show the first witch trial against a male person.


Swiss-Catholic town (1520–1798)

Among the growing towns of the confederacy, Lucerne was especially popular in attracting new residents. As the confederacy broke up during Reformation after 1520, most cities became Protestant, but Lucerne remained Catholic. After the victory of the Catholics over the Protestants in the Battle at Kappel in 1531, the Catholic towns dominated the confederacy. The future, however, belonged to the Protestant cities like Zürich, Bern and Basel, which defeated the Catholics in the 1712 Toggenburg War. The former prominent position of Lucerne in the confederacy was lost forever. In the 16th and 17th centuries, wars and epidemics became steadily less frequent and as a result the population of the country increased strongly.


Century of revolutions (1798–1914)

In 1798, nine years after the beginning of the French Revolution, the French army marched into Switzerland. The old confederacy collapsed and the government became democratic. The industrial revolution hit Lucerne rather late, and by 1860 only 1.7% of the population worked in industry, which was about a quarter of the national average at that time. Agriculture, which employed about 40% of the workers, was the main form of economic output in the canton. Nevertheless, industry was attracted to the city from areas around Lucerne. From 1850 to 1913, the population quadrupled and the flow of settlers increased. In 1856 trains first linked the city to Olten and Basel, then Zug and Zürich in 1864 and finally to the south in 1897.


21st century

On June 17, 2007, voters of the city of Lucerne and the adjacent town of Littau agreed to a merger in a simultaneous referendum. This took effect on January 1, 2010.The new city, still called Lucerne, has a population of around 80,000 people, making it the seventh-largest city in Switzerland. The results of this referendum are expected to pave the way for negotiations with other nearby cities and towns in an effort to create a unified city-region, based on the results of a study.

Climate

Between 1961 and 1990 Lucerne had an average of 138.1 days of rain per year and on average received 1,171 mm (46.1 in) of precipitation. The wettest month was June during which time Lucerne received an average of 153 mm (6.0 in) of rainfall. During this month there was rainfall for an average of 14.2 days. The driest month of the year was February with an average of 61 mm (2.4 in) of precipitation over 10.2 days. Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).

Climate data for Lucerne

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec 
Average high °C (°F)3.4
(38.1)
5.2
(41.4)
10.3
(50.5)
14.4
(57.9)
19.1
(66.4)
22.2
(72)
24.7
(76.5)
23.8
(74.8)
19.4
(66.9)
14.3
(57.7)
7.8
(46)
4.3
(39.7)
 
Daily mean °C (°F)0.5
(32.9)
1.4
(34.5)
5.4
(41.7)
9.1
(48.4)
13.7
(56.7)
16.9
(62.4)
19.1
(66.4)
18.3
(64.9)
14.6
(58.3)
10.2
(50.4)
4.6
(40.3)
1.6
(34.9)
 
Average low °C (°F)−2.3
(27.9)
−2.0
(28.4)
1.1
(34)
4.3
(39.7)
8.9
(48)
12.1
(53.8)
14.2
(57.6)
13.9
(57)
10.6
(51.1)
6.7
(44.1)
1.6
(34.9)
−1.0
(30.2)
 
Averageprecipitationmm (inches)51
(2.01)
54
(2.13)
74
(2.91)
88
(3.46)
128
(5.04)
154
(6.06)
151
(5.94)
146
(5.75)
107
(4.21)
76
(2.99)
73
(2.87)
72
(2.83)
 
Average snowfall cm (inches)16.0
(6.3)
20.2
(7.95)
8.3
(3.27)
1.2
(0.47)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.4
(0.16)
5.3
(2.09)
14.6
(5.75)
 
Average precipitation (≥ 1.0 mm)9.38.711.811.812.913.512.512.510.29.49.610.0 
Average snowy days(≥ 1.0 cm)3.84.41.90.60.00.00.00.00.00.12.47.9 
Averagerelative humidity (%)837973707272727580838484 
Mean monthlysunshine hours4772122141161171201187137975236 
Percentpossible sunshine212836363738454539322217
Source: MeteoSwiss

Geography

Lucerne has an area of 29.1 square kilometers (11.2 sq mi). Of this area As of 2009, 28.0% is used for agricultural purposes, while 22.3% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 47.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (2.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).

Before the merger, Littau had an area of 13.3 square kilometers (5.1 sq mi). Of this area, 52.3% is used for agricultural purposes, while 21.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 24.8% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (1.7%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).In the 1997 land survey, 21.08% of the total land area was forested. Of the agricultural land, 49.17% is used for farming or pastures, while 3.16% is used for orchards or vine crops. Of the settled areas, 10.47% is covered with buildings, 4.29% is industrial, 1.96% is classed as special developments, 2.33% is parks or greenbelts and 5.8% is transportation infrastructure. Of the unproductive areas, 1.66% is unproductive flowing water (rivers) and 0.08% is other unproductive land.

Economy

As of 2012, there were a total of 77,641 people employed in the municipality. Of these, a total of 166 people worked in 53 businesses in the primary economic sector. The secondary sector employed 7,326 workers in 666 separate businesses. Finally, the tertiary sector provided 70,149 jobs in 6,929 businesses. In 2013 a total of 11.0% of the population received social assistance.

As of 2000 51.7% of the population of the municipality were employed in some capacity. At the same time, women made up 47.9% of the workforce.

Thanks to its continuous tax-cutting policies, Lucerne has become Switzerland's most business-friendly canton. As of 2012 Lucerne offers Switzerland's lowest corporate tax rate at cantonal level.

Furthermore, Lucerne also offers very moderate personal income tax rates. In a recent published study of BAK Basel Economics taxation index 2012, Lucerne made it to the 4th place with an only marginally 2% higher tax rate compared to the top canton in this comparison.

Since November 2009, Zürich Airport can be reached from Lucerne within 1 hour and 2 minutes by a direct (every hour) train connection every half an hour with a stop just below the airport, and within 50 minutes by car due to a direct motorway from Lucerne to the Airport, but only if you travel outside of rush hours.

Prices in Lucerne

PRICES LIST - EUR

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€1.20
Tomatoes1 kg€3.30
Cheese0.5 kg€12.00
Apples1 kg€3.10
Oranges1 kg€3.40
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€1.77
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€12.50
Coca-Cola2 liters
Bread1 piece
Water1.5 l€0.90

PRICES LIST - EUR

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€45.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€83.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€13.00
Water0.33 l€3.10
Cappuccino1 cup€4.00
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€4.60
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€5.40
Coca-Cola0.33 l€3.70
Coctail drink1 drink€12.00

PRICES LIST - EUR

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€30.00
Gym1 month€115.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut
Theatar2 tickets
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.37
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€7.50

PRICES LIST - EUR

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack
Tampons32 pieces
Deodorant50 ml.
Shampoo400 ml.
Toilet paper4 rolls
Toothpaste1 tube

PRICES LIST - EUR

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1€108.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1€120.00
Leather shoes1

PRICES LIST - EUR

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter€1.35
TaxiStart€6.00
Taxi1 km€3.50
Local Transport1 ticket€2.75

Tourist (Backpacker)  

91 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

383 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

 

 

Transportation - Get In

By Train

Thanks to its central location Lucerne can be reached easily from nearly every other city in Switzerland using the Swiss Federal Railway. There are hourly trains from Olten and Zürich Airport and half-hourly trains from Zürich, and a direct train every hour from Berne. There is also an hourly service from Bellinzona in Ticino, and Pfäffikon and St. Gallen in the North East. The "Zentralbahn" branch of the Swiss Federal Railway provides also hourly trains between Interlaken and Lucerne during daytime.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

There are no intercity buses in Switzerland as the train system provides ample connections to many destinations in Switzerland. To make trips to the countryside in the mountains where there are no trains, refer to postauto.ch Buses are available from some nearby places, such as Rotkreuz.

Transportation - Get In

By boat

Lucerne sits at the north end of the Vierwaldstättersee, one of the busiest waterways in Switzerland, for travel information from Schwyz, Flüelen, Weggis, and outbound points see the schedule at the Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Vierwaldstättersee.


Transportation - Get Around

 

Able-bodied travellers will find Lucerne a complete joy to get around in on foot. The Old-Town is tiny, and most other interesting sites are within 20 minutes or so walk, there is also a city bus system, as well as assistance for disabled visitors on request from Mobility International Switzerland. The Lido beach and the Swiss Transport Museum are a bit further out and can be reached by bus or by one of several boats per hour from just in front of the central railway station.

Lucerne also makes a very good base for discovering the rest of Central Switzerland, using the Swiss Federal Railway, the Schifffahrt Vierwaldstättersee, or any one of several private rail or boat companies.

Bicycles are available for rent at the central railway station, at ticket window 21 on the lower level. For 31 CHF per day, you can rent a 24-speed, sturdily-built bike with a baggage clamp. Electric bikes are also available. Bike pick-up and drop-off are around the left side of the train station, at a kiosk across the street from the Swiss Post building. Bike lanes are present on most secondary streets, and Lucerne drivers are generally aware of and polite towards bicyclists.

By bus

Lucerne has an efficient bus network: Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern (German only). It covers the city and the suburbs.

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Shopping

The shopping in Luzern has improved somewhat since Mark Twain's visit. You'll find several good department stores with acceptable prices for most items, as well as pricy specialty shops.

  • Luzern's old town is full of shops - especially clothing
  • Luzern's station hosts several stores which have longer opening hours than most other shops.
  • Bucherer. The flagship store of Switzerland's best known watch and high-end jewelery dealer

Restaurants


Budget

  • Treibhaus Luzern. They have fine food. 2 menus each day (menu Chf 13, students Chf 7), snacks, donuts and very fine coffee. There are concerts at night.
  • Erdem Kebap. Said to serve the best kepabs in town. Cheap.
  • Parterre. Good, friendly atmosphere. They have different menus every day.
  • Migros or Coop. Huge supermarket chains with a lot of budget products. There is a small Migros and a bigger Coop at the train station, near the tourist office. There are other Migros around, ask the people. Farther there are Migros and Coop Restaurants self-service restaurants.

Mid-range

  • Mövenpick RestaurantGrendelstr. 19+41 41-4105222fax: +41 41-4104437. International dishes and English menu on request.

Splurge

  • Restaurant Schwan.
  • Brasserie BoduKornmarkt 5,  +41 41 410 01 77. Exquisite French cuisine.
  • Restaurant Old Swiss House. Famous for their Schnitzel which they prepare directly next to the table.

Coffe & Drink


Cafés

The three bakery chains Hug, Heini and Bachmann have several good cafés spread all over the city.

Sights & Landmarks

  • The Chapel Bridge(Kapellbrücke). The Chapel Bridge, a landmark of Lucerne, is said to be the oldest wooden bridge of all Europe, built in 14th century as a protection for the city. It's amusing walking over it as you can see about 100 pictures of 12th century city life and Swiss history. Join one of the walking tours going around! Unfortunately the bridge burned down on 18 August 1993. Within a few months it was rebuilt. The tower used as oubliette is still in original condition.
  • Kunst- und Kongresshaus Luzern. The KKL is a spectacular building that contains several concert halls and the Lucerne Art Museum. It was designed by Jean Nouvel. Its major concert hall ("La salle blanche") is famous for its acoustics, and world class orchestras can be heard regularly. It hosts the Lucerne music festival.
  • Weekly Market. Every Thursday and Saturday from 6AM to 13am along the Reuss river. The market has many local products and specialities.
  • Alpineum.
  • Bourbaki Panorama, Löwenplatz 11. Nov-Mar 10AM-5PM; Apr-Oct 9AM-6PM. A circular panoramic painting. CHF12.
  • The Glacier Garden.
  • The Swiss Transport MuseumLidostrasse 5 (Lido beach, the first stop for boats leaving from the central train station, preferably reached by bus). Summer 10AM-6PM; Winter 10AM-5PM. With its large collection of trains, planes, automobiles, and motorcycles this museum of means of transport is a great place to spend an afternoon. If you get tired of the real train engines you can check out the model railroad or the miniature working steam train. The air section also features several space travel exhibits, including an unused project Mercury capsule. CHF32 for adults, CHF21 for children 6-16, and free for younger kids.
  • The old city wall. A part of the rampart walls built in 1386; the wall is still almost entirely intact. Four towers are open to the public: Schirmer, Zyt, Wacht and Männli.
  • Lucerne Art Museum.
  • The Rosengart Collection (Sammlung Rosengart), Pilatusstrasse 10,  +41 41 220 16 60, e-mail: . April–October: every day, 10AM-6PM; November–March: every day, 11AM-5PM.. Well over 200 works by 23 artists of early modernism, including 125 works of Paul Klee and about 50 by Pablo Picasso. Also works by Cézanne, Chagall, Miró, Pissarro, among others. The collection also houses 200 photographs -- previously housed in the Am-Rhyn-Haus -- by David Duncan Douglas, LIFE’s WWII photo correspondent who arrived with his camera uninvited at Picasso’s villa “California”, was welcomed by Picasso and his family, and over the years produced an intimate portrait of the artist’s day-to-day life. Picasso's living room was his studio, and domestic scenes -- a ballet lesson, Picasso drawing with his children, or wrapping himself in the cape and hat of his native Spain -- play out within the backdrop of some of his most famous works. Admission CHF 15 (CHF 8 for students, children 7-16 years).
  • The Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal), Denkmalstrasse 4. or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France. The American writer Mark Twain (1835–1910) praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

Things to do

  • Fasnacht. Some cities of Switzerland including Lucerne and Basel celebrate a rousing carnival just before lent each year. The version celebrated here is famous for its chaotic "march any direction you like" street parades of the so-called Guugemusig (band of wind instruments and drummer, typical to the carnival of Central Switzerland) and elaborate masks. The carnival week of Lucerne starts at the end of February on the Fat Tuesday and ends at Ash Wednesday. The programme in short: Fat Tuesday, Urknall (big bang) at 5AM is the official beginning, music on the streets all the day in the city, mask parade from 2PM along the lake, music on the streets in the evening; Friday to Sunday music and masksparades in all the towns and villages of the region; Güdis Monday, second Urknall at 6AM, rest dito Fat Tuesday; Thursday big street concert in the whole old town and surroundings, end of the official carnival at midnight... but it continue in the bars until morning of Ash Wednesday. As with carnival elsewhere the exact date on the calendar is variable according to the phase of the moon. You find the date of the next Fat Tuesday (SchuDo, Schmutziger Donnerstag) here . If you don't want to be recognised as a tourist, put on some colorful clothes. Most of the people are dressed in colors or in masks. In the last years, the cities of Zürich and Berne started to copy Central Switzerland's carnival. At the moment mood and music isn't half as good as in Lucerne.
  • Explore the Old Town. One of the main reasons that Lucerne attracts so many travelers is its small but remarkably preserved old town. You can get lost (for a few minutes anyhow) in its maze of streets, passages, and squares, admiring the many and varied murals painted on what seems like every other building. A nice short walk on the Museggmauer starts at the Schirmer-Turm, walk up the road near Jazzkantine, open only at daytime.
  • Ascend Mount Pilatus. - a famous mountain overlooking the city of Lucerne. Its peak can be reached by the world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad (not operating in wintertime) and all-year-round by cable-car in three sections from Kriens (10 minutes by trolley bus no. 1 from Lucerne as far as 'Linde'). This trip is definitely a must and gives you a good impression of a wild and rocky peak with a marvelous view to the "real" Alps. Of course you can walk to the top on foot, which takes at least 4 hours from Kriens. A pleasant alternative is to walk down to Kriens from the bottom of the middle cable-car section. In addition to hiking, there are several other activities, including a suspension rope park and a 1,350 m long toboggan (both at the second stop of the cable-car from Kriens). Even if you don't plan to hike, allow for at least three hours to spend on Pilatus.
  • Ascend Mount Rigi. - a famous mountain overlooking the city of Lucerne. Its peak can be reached by a cogwheel railway from Vitznau and Arth-Goldau and by cable-car from Weggis. Vitznau and Weggis can easily be reached by boat. The peak can be reached by foot from everywhere in around 4-5 hours.
  • Mount Titlis. - The mountain Mount Titlis has a glacier on the top and a splendid view.
  • Take a boat tour. Take a boat tour on the lake Lucerne with the traditional steamboats
  • Take a guided tour.
  • Paraglide from Pilatus and Rigi. Paragliding down from the majestic mountains surrounding Lake Lucerne is a unique experience. Tandem paragliding is possible all year round with pilots certified by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) of Switzerland.
  • Rent a bicycle. Lucerne has an excellent bicycle Network. Rent a bicycle at the train station in lucerne and explore the city and the suburbs or make a day trip on the national bicycle network (http://www.veloland.ch/en/veloland.html).
  • Felsenweg Buergerstock. Get a beautiful view over the Mittelland and its lakes on this 2h walk. Go there by boat (Lucerne-Kehrsiten) and funiculaire or by train and bus (Lucerne-Stansstad-Bürgenstock). There are some luxus resorts at Buergerstock. Its also possible to go by mountain bike to the top.

Theatre

  • Theaterpavillon. Nice Theater with a bar. A place for art work and to meet people. Inexpensive.

Festivals and events

Every year, towards the end of winter,Fasnacht (Carnival) breaks out in the streets, alleyways and squares of the old town. This is a glittering outdoor party, where chaos and merriness reign and nothing is as it normally is. Strange characters in fantastic masks and costumes make their way through the alleyways, whileGuggenmusiken (carnival bands) blow their instruments in joyful cacophony and thousands of bizarrely clad people sing and dance away the winter. The Lucerner Fasnacht, based on religious, Catholic backgrounds, starts every year on the Thursday beforeAschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) with a big bang at 5am calledMorgenwacht (Morning Watch). There are big parades in the afternoon onSchmotzige Donnerstag (literally: Lardy Thursday)  and the following Monday, called Güdismontag (literally: Paunch Monday), which attract tens of thousands of people. Lucerne's Carnival ends with a crowning finish onGüdisdienstag (literally: Paunch Tuesday) evening with the Monstercorso, a tremendous parade of Guggenmusiken, lights and lanterns with even a larger audience. Rather recently a fourth Fasnacht day has been introduced on the Saturday between the others Fasnacht days, the Rüüdige Samstagwhile mainly several indoor balls take place. From dusk till dawn on the evenings of Schmotzige Donnerstag, Güdismontag, and after theMonstercorso many bands wander through the historical part of the city playing typical Fasnacht tunes. Until midnight, the historical part of the city usually is packed with people participating. A large part of the audience are also dressed up in costumes, even a majority in the evenings.

 

The city hosts various renowned festivals throughout the year. The Lucerne Festival for classical music takes place in the summer. Its orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, is hand-picked from some of the finest instrumentalists in the world. In June yearly the pop music festival B-Sides takes place in Lucerne. In July, the Blue Balls Festival brings jazz, blues and punk music to the lake promenade and halls of the Culture and Convention Center. The Lucerne Blues Festival is another musical festival which usually takes place in November. Since spring 2004, Lucerne has hosted the Festival Rose d'Or for television entertainment. And in April, the well-established comics festival Fumetto attracts an international audience.

Being the cultural center of a rather rural region, Lucerne regularly holds different folklore festivals, such as Lucerne Cheese Festival, held annually. In 2004, Lucerne was the focus of Swiss Wrestling fans when it had hosted the Swiss Wrestling and Alpine festival (Eidgenössisches Schwing- und Älplerfest), which takes place every three years in a different location. A national music festival (Eidgenössiches Musikfest) attracted marching bands from all parts of Switzerland in 2006. In summer 2008, the jodelling festival (Eidgenössisches Jodlerfest) is expected to have similar impact.

Every year in June the B-Sides Festival takes place. B-Sides focuses on international acts in alternative music, indie rock, experimental rock and othercutting edge and left field artistic musical genres.

The 2021 Winter Universiade will be hosted by Lucerne.

Nightlife


Bars

  • Jazzkantine. Quite small but comfortable bar. They have a stage in the basement. Sometimes there are jazzists playing (4 to 8 times a month). In the same building is the local jazz school, so it's a kind of student bar.
  • MetzgerhalleBaselstrasse 1. old swiss restaurant made into a cool bar, usually full on weekends
  • Shamrock Irish Pub (formerly Gracie Kelly's) (in the old-town, 5 minutes walk from the train station). A great selection of Irish and Swiss drinks, home-made food, sports on display
  • Treibhaus Luzern. Small but cool alternative club, sometimes concerts, cheap food with 2 menus each day
  • Schüür. popular concert place with an outdoor bar in summer
  • Sedel. The place where punk rock goes on. In the 80s it was the place for the youth rebellion. Unfortunately it has lost a bit of its idealism, nevertheless it's still the club mothers don't want to let their kids go to. Today there are a lot of concerts from Ska to Britpop to Postrock to Gothic. The building is a former female jail and was converted to music practice rooms for bands in the 80s. There are about 60 bands rocking and practicing their sets. So, if you hear some noise somewhere in the building, just knock at the door and come for a jam session. There's a shuttle running from central lucerne up to the club. look it up on their website
  • Rathaus. Simply the best beer you will ever have in your life. Brewed only at this small restaurant/brewery. Get the specialty beer. You will not be disappointed.
  • Bar 58. Nice neighborhood bar on Klosterstrasse.
  • Bar 59. Opened by the former owners of Bar 58, larger and has live music venues as well but still has a neighborhood bar feel - on Industriestrasse, hidden in the basement of a warehouse looking building.
  • Bar BerlinLädelistrasse 6 (on a small sidestreet from Baselstrasse), e-mail: . 18.00-3.30 on Weekends.small bar with good sound and good drinks, nice and cozy

Clubs

Lucerne has lots of clubs for lots of different tastes. the place to be at the moment is Baselstrasse where a new nightlife strip is emerging out of a kinda redlight district. There are also raves in industrial buildings that require you to join their "club" as they're not legally allowed to sell alcohol to the public.

  • RoadhousePilatusstrasse 1,  +41 41 220 27 27fax: +41 41 220 27 28. Bar and disco that is always packed, lots of people go there for their afterwork beers because it's centrally located, located beside the train station next to McDonalds
  • Das Schwarze SchafFrankenstrasse 2 (behind McDonalds at the train station),  +41 41 227 00 33. mainstream bar/club
  • Das Weisse SchafFrankenstrasse 2 (behind McDonalds at the train station),  +41 41 227 00 33
  • The LoftHaldenstrasse 21 (at the Casino),  +41 41 410 92 44fax: +41 41 410 27 28, e-mail: . price=. from RnB to Reggaeton to Urban, gayfriendly and hosts monthly Frigay nights
  • ROKSeidenhofstrasse 5,  +41 41 410 41 90, e-mail:. House,electro, minimal, mash-up, tech-house, dub
  • MadeleineBaselstrasse 15 (at the beginning of Baselstrasse).concerts, open mics chillout, soul, funk, disco, alternative crowd
  • GewerbehalleBaselstrasse 46. cool bar to hang out with a nice downstairs club, starting to offer hostel beds soon
  • Klub KegelbahnBaselstrasse 24, e-mail:. FR and SAT from 11 PM. small basement club with good electronic music, from techno to more experimental stuff, check their website

Safety in Lucerne

Stay Safe


Lucerne is a heavily touristed destination, and where there are tourists there are pickpockets, con artists, and other sorts of folks up to no good. As with everyplace else keep your passport and other valuables where people can't get to them. However, Lucerne is a friendly and safe city. Women can move safely almost anywhere also at night. There are few areas that should be avoided, including the area around the Basel street, where you will find a colorful and exciting cultural mix is relatively harmless. According to the police it can be dangerous at night in the neighborhood "Tribschen" (Inseli-Ufschötti-Weinbergli-Tribschenstrasse). Most violent crimes and robberies happen in this neighborhood. But compared with other cities in Europe it's a safe area.

Very High / 8.5

Safety (Walking alone - day)

High / 7.8

Safety (Walking alone - night)

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